Thursday, August 15, 2013
Really, It Was Just A Matter Of Time. With My Love Of Vintage Illuminated Globes And The Desire For All Things Adrian Pearsall How Could I NOT End Up With One Of These? Status: Collected.
It has been a good week to be the Mr. The Wegner chairs were found and have already been placed, got my check from the Green Shag and today (last night actually) I found this Adrian Pearsall / Craft Associates 16" Illuminated Library Globe...for Cheap! You should see the big ol' grin on my face!
Of course now I have WAY more globes than I could ever hope to properly display so some
of them will have to go. Truth be told, I don't even know where I'm going to find room for
this big guy, but I will...promise you dat! While I've never actively searched for one of these,
it is one of those "Holy Grail" type finds. I didn't even know how badly I wanted one until I
spotted this one on craigslist.
Hey! That's where I live! The globe itself is in excellent condition and didn't even require any
cleanup. Remarkably, the previous owner told me that the bulb inside the globe is the
original! They just don't make 'em like they used to. He also told me that his parents bought
this from a school auction way way back when, so that makes me only the Third owner!
Alas, the base wants for a tiny bit of love. As you can see the bottom wooden bracket has
split and about a third of it missing. This has allowed the surround on the globe to slip off,
be pulled down by gravity and consequently spread the two side brackets apart. This
spreading has caused the glue to fail where it was holding together the different pieces of
wood that make up each leg. It's not a catastrophic failure by any means and will easily be
remedied with a touch of wood glue and some careful clamping. At any rate, it looks a heck
of a lot better than the busted up one that recently sold on eBay for like $320!